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SWK 331 SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE I

Monday 5:00 7:30 p.m.


Tampa Education Center Room 2
Fall 2017

Instructor: Debra E. Thrower, MSW


Telephone: 813-846-5323
Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. and by individual appointments
Email: debra.thrower@saintleo.edu

Prerequisite: Junior standing in Social Work and completion of SWK 121

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will introduce the student to Generalist Practice in Social Work emphasizing the
differences among micro, macro, and mezzo approaches. Building upon the liberal arts foundation
courses such as Psychology, Sociology, and American Federal Government, and Introduction to Social
Work, it is the first course in the Social Work Practice sequence. Students will become familiar with the
foundation of professional Social Work knowledge, values and skills and will explore closely the ethical
dilemmas inherent in Social Work practice. The NASW Code of Ethics will be used to study professional
values. The Saint Leo University Values will be included in the weekly course content.
This course will examine Systems Theory, the Ecological Perspective, and the Problem-Solving
Method in micro level practice. Students will begin to develop skills through the use of case
presentation, role-play situations, videotaping and feedback, and class discussions. Micro practice skills
will be emphasized with particular attention given to the development of skills in working with
ethnically, racially, and gender sensitive cases. This course will present practice content on people of
color, women, children, disabled persons, gay and lesbian persons, and the aging population. It will
emphasize the impact of discrimination, economic deprivation, and oppression of these groups.

Saint Leo University Core Value


For this course, the Saint Leo University core value of Community is most applicable.

Respect - Saint Leo University values all individuals unique talents, respect their dignity and strive to
foster their commitment to excellence in our work. Our communitys strength depends on the unity and
diversity of our people, on the free exchange of ideas, and on learning, living and working harmoniously.

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Community Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we
serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to
create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to
serve.

II. COURSE OBJECTIVES


At the end of the course the student will be able to:
1. identify, define and describe the differences among micro, mezzo, and macro Social Work
practice
2. identify, define and apply the various theories and concepts relative to Generalist Practice, i.e.,
Systems Theory, Ecological Perspective, Human Behavior and the Social Environment and
Problem-Solving Method in analyzing assessment data (PB 2)
3. identify interventions to achieve individual and collective social and economic justice
4. collect data and assess client situations using interpersonal skills to interview clients and
appropriately observe client situations (PB 20; PB2)
5. develop a professional client relationship characterized by mutuality, collaboration, and respect
(PB 1) (PB 20)
6. develop and implement an intervention plan based upon problem assessment and the
exploration of obtainable goals, utilizing client strengths and considering their culture and
lifestyle differences
7. assist clients in obtaining needed resources
8. enhance the problem solving, coping and developmental capacities of clients
9. ongoing evaluation of interventions with individuals and between the individual and his or her
environment(s)
10. evaluate the outcome(s) of the intervention plan and make appropriate referrals when
necessary
11. demonstrate the use of reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain
professionalism in practice situations (PB1)
12. be aware of NASW standards, values and ethics in Social Work Practice as well as the Saint Leo
University Values. (PB 1)
13. Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and
Constituencies (PB 18)
14. respect an individual's right to make independent decisions and to participate actively in the
helping process

CSWE 2015 Competencies and corresponding Practice Behaviors relevant to this course.
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and professional Behavior.
PB 1: Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and
regulations, models for ethical decision-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional
codes of ethics as appropriate to context.
PB 2: Use reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in
practice situations.

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.


PB 18: Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and
constituencies.

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.

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PB 20: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and
other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the analysis of assessment data from clients
and constituencies.

III. COURSE OBJECTIVES


At the end of the course the student will be able to:
1 Have knowledge of professional values that include value for autonomy, self-determination,
individual worth and dignity, and the Saint Leo University Core values, as well as key
principles of catholic social teaching as measured by class presentations, panel discussions,
individual and group projects. They will be able to serve as representatives of the
profession, its mission, and its core values. Social workers will have an understanding of
the professions history, and commit themselves to the professions enhancement and their
own professional conduct and growth (PB 1).
2 They will understand that they have an obligation to conduct themselves ethically and
engage in ethical decision-making. They also need to be knowledgeable about the value
base of the profession, its ethical standards and relevant law (1).
3 They will learn how professional practice involves the dynamic and interactive processes of
engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation at multiple levels. They need to
have the knowledge and skills to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations,
and communities (PB 2, PB 18 and PB 20).

IV. REQUIRED TEXT:


Kirst-Ashman, K.K., & Hull, G.H. Jr. (2018). Understanding generalist practice (8th ed). Stamford,
CT: Cengage Learning ISBN: 9781305966864
V. POLICIES
Academic Honesty, Students with Disabilities, Protection of the Academic Environment,
Academic Excellence are in the Addendum in D2L.

Program Policies
1. Assignment Policy: Promptness in completing assigned tasks and readings is a requirement of
this course. Assignments turned in late will RESULT IN A LOWERED GRADE. All written
assignments will be graded on the basis of content, clarity, punctuation, grammar, sentence
structure, proofreading, APA style and overall quality of work.
2. Make-up Policy: THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS WHATSOEVER. PLEASE DO NOT
ASK.
3. It is expected that social work students maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of
2.00, as well as 2.00 GPA in the social work major prior to entering the senior field placement.
4. Grading: Final course grade will be based upon the following:

A 94% to 100% possible points


A- 90% to 93%
B+ 87% to 89%
B 84% to 86%
B- 80% to 83%
C+ 77% to 79%

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C 74% to 76%
C- 70% to 73%
D+ 67% to 69%
D 60% to 66%
F <60%
Course Policies
5. Make-up Policy: THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS WHATSOEVER. DO NOT ASK.
6. Assignment Policy: Promptness in completing assignments is a requirement of this course.
Assignments turned in late will NOT BE ACCEPTED. All written assignments must be typed,
double-spaced, use American Psychological Association (APA) sixth edition format and are due on
the date indicated.
7. Attendance: The student is expected to be familiar with the requirements for this course. All
students are expected to complete the reading assignments prior to class and attend class
regularly. If you must miss class for any reason, please notify the instructor. Excessive absences
may result in a lower final grade as part of that grade is based on class participation. Students are
responsible for all material covered in class even if they are absent.

VI. ASSIGNMENTS
Case Presentation - 100 Points (20 points for presentation and 80 for written paper) PB: 1, 2,
18, and 20 and LO: 2, 4, 5, 11, 12, and 13
1. Students will make an oral case presentation in class. This will include a short case history (of
case study), assessment, intervention plan and evaluation of their choice. Presentations will be
between 7 to 10 minutes in length.
2. The typewritten paper (limit 6 pages) will be handed in after the oral case presentation. Follow
the Planned Change Approach as outlined in the Kirst-Ashman text. Consider issues affecting
the case such as gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability, or cultural diversity.

Rubric for Case Presentation PB 1, 2, 18, 20 LO: 2, 4, 5, 11, 12, and 13


Rating*: All grades are subject to the instructors discretion
5 = Exceptional corresponds to an A (90-100).
4 = Proficient corresponds to a grade of B- to B+ (80-89).
3 = Average corresponds to a C- to C+ (70-79).
2 = Marginal corresponds to a D (69 to 60%).
1 = Failure corresponds to an F (59 and below). *All grades are subject to the instructors discretion

Ratings
Pts. 1 = Failure 2 = Marginal 3 = Average 4 = Proficient 5 = Exceptional

20 (3 points) One or (6 points) Two of (9 points) Three or (12 points) All of the (15 points) All of the
none of the the following are less of the following following are following are
following are demonstrated: The are demonstrated: demonstrated: The demonstrated in an
demonstrated: The oral case The oral case oral case exemplary way:
oral case presentation is well presentation is well presentation is well The oral case
presentation is well organized and organized and organized and presentation is well
organized and coherent with clear coherent with clear coherent with clear organized and
coherent with clear introduction, short introduction, short introduction, short coherent with clear
introduction, short case history, case history, case history, introduction, short
case history, assessment, assessment, assessment, case history,

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assessment, intervention plan intervention plan intervention plan assessment,
intervention plan and evaluation of and evaluation of and evaluation of intervention plan
and evaluation of choice. choice. choice. and evaluation of
choice. choice.

(4 points) One or (8 points) Two of (12 points) Three or (16 points) All of the (20 points) All of the
none of the the following are less of the following following are following are
following are demonstrated: PB 2: are demonstrated: demonstrated: PB 2: demonstrated in an
demonstrated: PB 2: Paper includes an PB 2: Paper includes Paper includes an exemplary way:
Paper includes an example of the use an example of the example of the use PB 2: Paper includes
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example of the use of self-reflection use of self-reflection of self-reflection an example of the
of self-reflection and self-regulation and self-regulation and self-regulation use of self-reflection
and self-regulation in order to manage in order to manage in order to manage and self-regulation
in order to manage personal values. personal values. personal values. in order to manage
personal values. Demonstrates how Demonstrates how Demonstrates how personal values.
Demonstrates how they maintained they maintained they maintained Demonstrates how
they maintained professionalism in professionalism in professionalism in they maintained
professionalism in that situation. that situation. that situation. professionalism in
that situation. that situation.

20 (4 points) One or (8 points) Two of (12 points) Three or (16 points) All of the (20 points) All of the
none of the the following are less of the following following are following are
following are demonstrated: PB 1: are demonstrated: demonstrated: PB 1: demonstrated in an
demonstrated: PB 1: Paper includes PB 1: Paper includes Paper includes exemplary way:
Paper includes example where they example where they example where they PB 1: Paper
example where they used the standards used the standards used the standards includes example
used the standards of the NASW Code of the NASW Code of the NASW Code where they used the
of the NASW Code of Ethics to make an of Ethics to make an of Ethics to make an standards of the
of Ethics to make an ethical decision in ethical decision in ethical decision in NASW Code of
ethical decision in the case study. the case study. the case study. Ethics to make an
the case study. ethical decision in
the case study.
20 (4 points) One or (8 points) Two of (12 points) Three or (16 points) All of the (20 points) All of the
none of the the following are less of the following following are following are
following are demonstrated: PB are demonstrated: demonstrated: PB demonstrated in an
demonstrated: PB 18: Paper includes PB 18: Paper 18: Paper includes exemplary way:
18: Paper includes an example of the includes an example an example of the PB 18: Paper
an example of the use of empathy, of the use of use of empathy, includes an example
use of empathy, reflection, and empathy, reflection, reflection, and of the use of
reflection, and interpersonal skills and interpersonal interpersonal skills empathy, reflection,
interpersonal skills in order to engage skills in order to in order to engage and interpersonal
in order to engage with diverse clients. engage with diverse with diverse clients. skills in order to
with diverse clients. clients. engage with diverse
clients.

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20 (2 points) One or (4 points) Two of (6 points) Three or (8 points) All of the (10 points) All of the
none of the the following are less of the following following are following are
following are demonstrated: PB are demonstrated: demonstrated: PB demonstrated in an
demonstrated: PB 20: Paper PB 20: Paper 20: Paper exemplary way:
20: Paper demonstrates demonstrates demonstrates PB 20: Paper
demonstrates application of application of application of demonstrates
application of knowledge of knowledge of knowledge of application of
knowledge of human behavior and human behavior and human behavior and knowledge of
human behavior and the social the social the social human behavior and
the social environment, PIE, environment, PIE, environment, PIE, the social
environment, PIE, relevant theory to relevant theory to relevant theory to environment, PIE,
relevant theory to case that they used case that they used case that they used relevant theory to
case that they used in their analysis of in their analysis of in their analysis of case that they used
in their analysis of the assessment data the assessment data the assessment data in their analysis of
the assessment data they used in the they used in the they used in the the assessment data
they used in the case. case. case. they used in the
case. case.

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Portfolio Assignment - 100 points. Each student will demonstrate their use of practical skills by
developing and maintain a professional portfolio through a developed individual Weebly Website.
During Immersion on Sept 9, 2017, each student will be given a tutorial on how to develop this
website, and will be responsible for the development and maintenance of this portfolio during the
duration of your BSW academic program. Below are the components that are to be included within the
portfolio for this course and are to be submitted by the dates in the corresponding course schedule.
Each component is worth 20 points. Please ensure that when you come to Immersion you bring your
laptop and that you have established your Weebly account.

1. Build your Weebly website for portfolio (20 points)- Immersion Activity
2. Resume (20 points)
3. Syllabus (20 points)
4. Completed Student BSW Application (20 points)
5. Writing Sample (20 points)

Videotaped Skill Demonstration - 100 Points (60 points for video and 40 for written analysis paper)
1. Each student will demonstrate the use of practice skills through a submitted role-play videotape
of a class peer.
2. Each videotaped demonstration will be 15 minutes in length (although the actual tape may be
longer. Students will provide video using a thumb drive, an external website (u-tube or Weebly),
or a CD.

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3. Submission of written analysis of videotape. See the following format below.

Written Analysis of Videotaped Skills Demonstration

Identify each phase of the GIM Model that you are engaged in. Provide two verbatim examples
to demonstrate this phase. Then identify where you are in your particular session: beginning,
middle, and end. Provide verbatim examples to demonstrate this.
Example:

Engagement: Hi, how are you today? Did you have any difficulty finding our place?

Give six verbatim examples of effective responding skills from Shulmans 27 skills or Kirst-
Ashmans Micro skills.
Example:

Skill: Emphasizing client strengths.

I know it has been hard, but youve found a part-time job and have worked out a schedule for
paying your bills. That is a wonderful start.

Provide a discussion of the strengths of the role-play. Then include the following:
a. Use verbatim examples to demonstrate your strengths.
b. What techniques did you use that were particularly helpful. Give examples.
Discuss what areas need improvement in the videotape.
a. What suggestions would you make for improvement?
b. Use verbatim examples to demonstrate areas that need improvement.

Mid-term examination: 100 points


This examination will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions. Question will consist
of lecture, class discussion, and readings for the first half of the semester. Examination questions on
content relevant to practice behaviors are included on the exam.

Final examination: 100 points


This examination will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions. Questions will consist
of lecture, class discussion, and reading material from the entire course. Examination questions on
content relevant to all practice behaviors and are included on the exam.

Class participation and attendance: 100 points


Class participation is defined as the informed presentation of your thoughts, inferences, and ideas based
on the readings, experience, role plays, videos, and class discussion. Each student is expected to attend
class regularly, complete the reading assignments prior to class, and actively participate in the class. This
is the first social work practice course and it meets once a week. Excessive absences will result in a lower
final grade that may include failure of the class. Excessive absence is defined as a student missing more
than one class, for whatever reason. If you must miss class for any reason, please notify the instructor.
Students are responsible for all material covered in class even if they are absent.

Evaluation for course grades will be computed according to the following:

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Case Presentation 100 points
Videotape Skill Demonstration 100 points
Midterm Examination 100 points
Final Examination 100 points
Participation 100 points
Portfolio/Immersion Assignment 100 points
Total Points 600 points

VII. COURSE SCHEDULE

Course Outline
Module/Week Topic Readings/Assignments
Module 1 Introduction to the course Readings: Chapter 1 of Kirst-Ashman
Week 1 Skills demonstration. Students will Discussion: Social work as a profession and micro, mezzo,
8/21/17 demonstrate use of various skills with clients and macro practice definition. Discussion of generalist
throughout the semester considering taboo practice and the systems perspective and the foundation
subjects, issues of race, age, culture, gender, knowledge of social work practice
sexual orientation, and disability.
Sign-up with instructor for Case Readings: Chapters 2 of Kirst-Ashman
Presentations AND in addition Sign-up with Discussion: Working with individuals and groups in social
Week 2
instructor for Video Tape with class peer work practice. Micro skills and the generalist Intervention
8/28/17
(sign-up sheet with dates will be provided in Model (GIM). Discussion of the social work interview.
class).

Module 2 Working with organizations and Readings: Chapters 3 and 4 of Kirst-Ashman


Week 3 communities in social work practice. Discussion: Discussion of types, roles, dynamics of groups.
9/4/17 Micro, mezzo, and macro skills for organizations and
Labor Day Immersion assignment to be completed on communities.
No Class your personal laptop. Build your Weebly website for portfolio.

Week 4 Skills in the work phase of social work Readings: Chapter 4 (continued) & 5 of Schulman
9/11/17 practice. Lecture and discussion: Discussion on before, beginning,
Micro, macro and mezzo middle and termination phases of the interview.
Exercise: videotape and small group exercises on work
ROLE PLAY phase skills.

Assignment Due: Upload completed BSW Application


and Course Syllabus to Portfolio in Weebly

Module 3 The Planned Change Method in social work Readings: Chapters 5 (continued) and 6 of Kirst-Ashman
Week 5 practice. Lecture and discussion: Engagement and Assessment in
9/18/17 generalist practice.

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Exercise: videotape and small groups and dyad role-plays
ROLE PLAY with assessment and planning practice.

Upload resume and writing sample in Weebly.


Week 6
9/25/17 Planning in Generalist Practice.
Discuss the impact of politics in social welfare Review for Mid-term Exam
policy formulation. Chapter also provides
models of policy making.
ROLE PLAY

Module 4 Implementation application. Mid-Term Exam


Week 7 Readings: Chapter 7 and 8 Kirst-Ashman
10/2/17 Evaluation, termination, and follow-up in Lecture and Discussion: Discussion of child mistreatment,
generalist practice. crisis intervention, and substance abuse issues.
Exercise: videotape and small groups with evaluation,
termination and follow-up

Understanding families: Family Assessments. Reading: Chapter 9 and 10 of Kirst-Ashman


Week 8
Working with families in social work practice. Lecture and discussion: Discussion on assessment family
10/9/17
structure, intervention, evaluation, termination and
Four students will video session with peers. diversity.
Exercise: family role plays and videotape practice on micro
practice skills

Module 5 Working with families and communities Readings: Chapter 9 & 10 continued
Week 9
10/16/17 Four students will video session with peers.

Week 10 Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Readings: Chapter 11 and 12 of Kirst-Ashman
10/23/17 Dilemmas. Lecture and discussion: NASW Code of Ethics. Discussion
of the ethical responsibilities of the social worker in social
Four students will video session with peers. work practice.
Exercise: ethical dilemmas, values clarification in small
group dyad. Videotape practice on micro practice skills

Module 6 Culturally Competent Social Work Practice. Readings: continued from previous week. Discussion of
Week 11 social work knowledge, skills and interventions.
10/30/17 Four students will video session with peers. Exercise: videotape exercise on work with Native
Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and
Hispanic Americans

Week 12 Gender sensitive social work practice Readings: Chapter 13 and 14 of Kirst-Ashman
11/6/17 Two students will video session with peers. Lecture and discussion: Discussion of feminization
perspective, feminization of poverty, sexual assault and
domestic violence.
Case Presentation of case study. Written assessment to
be turned in at time of class presentation. X 5 students

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Module 7 Brokering and case management in social Reading: Chapter 15 of Kirst-Ashman
Week 13 work practice. Lecture and discussion: Discussion or resources, the
11/13/17 brokering process and case management services.
Videotape practice on micro practice skills
Exercise: In record keeping
Case Presentation of case study. Written assessment to
be turned in at time of class presentation (continued).

X 5 Students

Week 14 Record keeping in generalist social work Reading: Chapter 16 of Kirst-Ashman


11/20/17 practice. Lecture and discussion: Record keeping in social work,
issues of confidentiality, informed consent, client rights to
What have you learned? self-determination and liability.
Exercise: In record keeping
Week 15
Case Presentation of case study. Written assessment to
11/27/17
be turned in at time of class presentation (continued).

X 3 Students

Review for Final Examination

Module 8 Final Examination Case Presentation of case study. Written assessment to


Week 16 be turned in at time of class presentation (continued).
12/4/17 Last Day of Class
X 5 Students

Final Examination

Portfolio Deadline

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INTERNET LINKS AND RESOURCES

Alliance for Justice http://www.essential.org/afj/


Center for Science in the Public Interest http://www.cspinet.org/cspi/
Childrens Defense Fund http://acorn.he.net/cgi-bin/
Common Cause http://www.commoncause.org/
People for the American Way http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/
National Association of Social Workers http://www.naswdc.org/
National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter http://www.naswfl.org

VIII. LIBRARY RESOURCES See Addendum in D2L

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